I had a lot of friends during my school years. When Tree Guy and I moved to another state for a job after college, I assumed the friend procurement process would continue to flow smoothly. Nope.
I remember that feeling of loneliness and near-desperation. Just one! Just one friend and I'd be happy, I thought. Someone to chat with, to share a cup of coffee with, to see a chick flick with, to talk books with. How hard can it be to find one new friend?
Once I made one friend, more came along. That's a curious thing. No one wants to be friends with a singleton, but add one friend and suddenly she's got the Girl Seal of Approval for Potential Friendship. If there were friendship reviews, I imagine mine from that period would be something like the following:
Danielle is a little desperate for get-togethers, but otherwise she seems okay. A little crazy maybe. Keeps mentioning something called OCD and that she still loves watching Beverly Hills, 90210. That's weird, but she makes really good cake.
Just met Danielle today through a mutual friend. She told me Danielle would be a goofball, and she was right. I wish she could be a little more serious. Does she not realize that she is a white person? Don't think I've ever met a rapping white woman in person before.
Met Danielle at a baby shower today. She knows nothing about gardening or homesteading, but she does like a good book. Maybe we'll have more in common. She said she's an animal lover. I wonder if she likes rabbit stew?
Because I remember well my former friendless state, I make a point of welcoming new folks to the fold. I'm the person who notices and chats with the new girl. And it's not just some act of charity either. A lot of the time, I don't feel like I fully fit in with whatever group I'm with, so it's actually a relief to take a break and meet someone new. I know that it's harder to introduce yourself to strangers than it is to be introduced by a mutual friend, so I try to spread the love. And that's not exactly selfless either--I like the convenience of having all my friends together in one place! I'm all for efficiency, yo.
Which is why I'm super excited about a new group I'm starting with a few friends. We call it the Homeskool Mafia, but it actually has little to do with homeschooling. (And approximately nothing to do with the mafia.) We just wanna hang out together during the day when all the
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